Wei-Yin Chen - Orioles
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Bad news for Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen. The lefty is headed to the disabled list with a right oblique strain according to quotes from GM Dan Duquette per MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko.

Duquette anticipates that Chen will be on the shelf for “more than a couple weeks,” which means the Birds will be without their most effective starter for an extended period of time. Chen is 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA over 47 1/3 innings in eight starts this season. He’s held opponents to a .260/.309/.358 slash, has recorded ten double plays and a beautiful 2.25 K/BB ratio.

Let the rotation shuffle begin. Jair Jurrjens has an opt-out on June 15, but he surrendered five earned runs at Triple-A against the Syracuse Chiefs today. Jake Arrieta‘s last start was skipped due to shoulder stiffness. Steve Johnson, who gave up six earned runs in four innings during his 2013 debut, could be another replacement option.

Some have speculated that maybe the O’s turn to Kevin Gausman, who is 1-4 with a 3.35 ERA in seven starts with the Double-A Bowie Baysox. I’m not sure their ready to bring up Gausman, but nothing would surprise me.

Tsuyoshi Wada will be making his first injury-rehab start on Thursday with the Tides. He’s eligible to come off the 60-day DL at the end of May.

I said it over the winter and I’ll say it again, the Orioles will go as far as their starting pitching will take them this season. Injuries are a part of baseball, if they can stay afloat for a month or so without Chen, I’m confident in their ability to make a run for October.